Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, February 13, 2015
Can you feel it, ladies and gentlemen? March Madness is quickly approaching!
Several college basketball media members gathered at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis this week to take place in a NCAA Tournament Mock Selection Exercise. During this exercise, members of the media who attend this event get the chance to play the role of NCAA Tournament selection committee members for a two day period.
David Worlock, who is the NCAA director of media coordination, heads the event.
The final mock selection bracket shows a total of seven Big Ten teams in the field.
Wisconsin (22-2, 10-1) received a No. 1 seed in the West region. Joining the Badgers in the West region is Michigan State (16-8, 7-4), tabbed as a No. 11 seed and playing in a play-in-game against Stanford.
The next highest seed in the Big Ten is Maryland (20-5, 8-4). The Terps were given a No. 4 seed and are seeded to play in the South Region. Joining Maryland in that region is Indiana (17-8, 7-5), a projected No. 6 seed.
Ohio State (19-6, 8-4) is seeded at No. 7 in the East Region. John Groce's Illinois (17-8, 7-5) team is also projected in the East Region, listed as a No. 11 seed in the mock selection.
The lone remaining Big Ten team included the NCAA Mock Selection Exercise is Iowa. The Hawkeyes (15-9, 6-5) are tabbed as the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region.
Purdue is the lone Big Ten bubble team that was left out of the mock selection. It looks like the Boilermakers were likely punished for poor non-conference losses to North Florida and Gardner Webb.
Remember, this is just a mock selection. The actual NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced on March 15.